Huddersfield Town are looking forward to an Under 21 Premier League Cup quarter-final home clash with Charlton Athletic.

Frankie Bunn’s side produced a slick show to win 2-0 at holders Southampton in round two and make the last eight for the second season running.

Now they will be aiming to improve on last year, when they were beaten 1-0 by Reading at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Details of the tie against Charlton, beaten on penalties by Town in last season’s competition, have yet to be confirmed.

The Southampton win was a 15th in 16 games for Bunn’s charges, who drew the other.

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A goal by Jack Senior after 23 minutes – lashed into the roof of the net from eight yards – and a close-range header from Danny Kane just after the hour sealed success at St Mary’s Stadium.

The second goal came from an outstanding move and a brilliant chipped pass from the raiding Senior.

Town had defeated Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough at the John Smith’s in the earlier rounds, but this was a tremendous result against a Saints side who knocked out Chelsea in the first round.

Southampton have category one academy status within the Elite Player Performance Plan, meaning their Under 21 side play in the Barclays Under 21 Premier League top flight.

Town entered the competition at the qualifying round two stage due to their academy’s category two status.

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As in the Professional Development League II (Town top the Northern section), teams can play a maximum of three overage outfield player and an overage goalkeeper in the Under 21 Premier League Cup.

Millwall, West Ham United, Blackburn Rovers, Hull City and Liverpool have also made the last eight.

Everton and Brighton and Hove Albion will contest the other outstanding second-round tie on Thursday.

Coach Bunn, whose side are back in league action on Monday, when they visit Sheffield United (1.00), rated the performance at St Mary’s one of the best in his time at Town.

“It’s up there with the Under 18’s FA Youth Cup win over Manchester United (in February 2014 ),” he said.

FA Youth Cup, Hudderrsfield Town v Manchester Utd. Frankie Bunn (left) celebrates the win with Tony Carrs.

“Southampton have a great reputation for what they have achieved at youth level, producing some magnificent players, and they have category one academy status, so the result and performance was one of the highlights of my tenure here.

“Southampton’s staff were very dignified in defeat and complimentary about the way we played the game, as well as the individuals in the team.

“I felt quite comfortable. After an equal first 10 minutes, I thought we dominated the next 70 before the final stages, where we had to see the game out. In that 70 minutes, we were fantastic.”

Bunn said his players handled the occasion well.

“They have been there before, playing in major stadia in play-off semi-finals and finals,” he continued.

“A handful of them are also getting the taste of first-team football now, so all that will hopefully stand them in good stead for the future.

“They’re progressing quite well at the moment. I’m so pleased with everybody. They all have ups and downs, but they are young. They will make mistakes and that’s fine as long as they learn from them.”

Like David Wagner’s first team, the Under 21s play 4-2-3-1.

Bunn added: “The style of football is important, as these players have to be fully up to speed with the way the head coach wants to play.

“We try and incorporate that in everything we do during the week and during games so it is not a shock to their system when they get there. I think the tempo and way we are passing the ball has improved immensely.”